Acts 11:26b – “And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
What does it mean to be called a “Christian” these days? It is kinda hard to say. So many people claim to be “Christians”. Yet, so many do not reflect a Christ-likeness. Truthfully, I rarely use the term “Christian” because so many people use it and abuse it. I prefer the term “follower of Christ”. But that aside, what does it mean to be a “Christian”? Can people tell that you are a “Christian”?
Here’s what the Christian instruction manual says: Ephesians 4:1-3 – “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Let’s look more closely.
“Lowliness”, or humble, means putting others in front off yourself, thinking about someone else’s needs before your own. For some, this is a foreign concept. But for a follower of Christ, it should become second nature.
“Meekness”, or gentle, means that you don’t easily flip out. You roll with the flow. You get along with others. You play nice.
“Long-suffering”, patient, means you can wait. Your not a “I need right NOW” kinda person.
“Forbearing one another in love” means that you help each other, not because you have to but rather because you want to. It is providing support because you care. It is a hug when there are no words.
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” means your not going to stir up trouble just to have something going on. You are going to do your best to get along with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Being a Christian is a challenge, especially when you have people in your life that make you want to scream. It is a challenge because people don’t follow the same rules that you do. They don’t play the same game.
But you, dear princess, are called to be different. Your called to be a bit weird because you play by His rules, not your own. If someone were to meet you for the very first time today and observe you only today, what would they say about you? Would they recognize Jesus in your life? Would they see that you play by a different set of rules than most people? Or would they see the same thing that they see in everyone else?